In order to enhance information flow between and among national Focal Points, Scientific Planning Group Members and APN Project Leaders, institutional sub-regional cooperation was initiated at the outset of the second strategic phase of APN, with the establishment of the Southeast Asia (SEA) and South Asia (SA) Sub-Regional Committees.
In 2012, Temperate East Asia (TEA) held a scoping meeting and the TEA Sub-Regional Committee was formally established during the 18th IGM-SPG Meetings as the third sub-regional committee of APN.
The conduct of sub-regional cooperation meetings, with participation from key international organisations, has improved the flow of information among members of the APN at the sub-regional level and has strengthened collaboration with key partners.
Each Sub-Regional Cooperation meetings is typically followed by a knowledge-sharing event organised by the host country and a Proposal Development Training Workshop organised by the Secretariat, which draws on the experience and expertise of members and invited experts.
Southeast Asia Sub-Regional Committee
Countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam
|October 2012. 5th SEA-SRC Meeting, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Outcomes of the Science-Policy Dialogue were reported. Members further discussed the details for the summer school proposal to be submitted to APN’s 2013 Annual Calls for Proposals process. Engaging Myanmar in APN activities were considered, which has led to Myanmar being endorsed by the IGM in 2013 as an “approved country” for APN activities.
|July 2011. 4th SEA-SRC Meeting, Hanoi, Viet Nam
The committee discussed revisions to the terms of reference for the first Southeast Asia Science-Policy Dialogue, which was successfully held in 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. A proposal for a summer school project was raised and discussed.
|November 2010. 3rd SEA-SRC Meeting, Manila, Philippines
The committee discussed actions in response to the SWOT analysis both at the country and sub-regional levels.
|August 2009. 2nd SEA-SRC Meeting. Bangkok, Thailand
A number of APN projects were reviewed and a SWOT analysis was performed in order to indentify mechanisms for enhanced interactions within the sub-region.
|March 2008. SEA-SRC Ad Hoc Meeting. Kobe, Japan
The meeting explored ways to enhance communication among the scientists in the sub-region in order to develop a proposal for sub-regional activities.
|August 2007. 1st SEA-SRC Meeting. Jakarta, Indonesia
The SEA-SRCom laid out its medium- to long-term work plan and agreed on the organisational structure, membership, functions, modalities and scientific priorities.
|March 2007. 12th IGM/SPG Meeting. Honolulu, USA
Papers regarding the development of terms of reference (ToR) for the SEA-SRCom were discussed and revised. A budget for implementing this trial model was approved.
|August 2006. Sub-Regional Committee (SRCom) Meeting. Jakarta, Indonesia
The Southeast Asia (SEA) SRCom was formed, initiated by the national Focal Point for Indonesia, Ms. Liana Bratasida.
South Asia Sub-Regional Committee
Countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
|January 2013. 4th SA-SRC Meeting, Kathmandu, Nepal
Participants provided sub-regional input to the development of the APN biodiversity framework. Discussions were initiated regarding a collective proposal on climate change adaptation and the possibility for a science-policy dialogue for the sub-region.
|January 2012. 3rd SA-SRC Meeting. Paro, Bhutan
Members shared their countries’ scientific trends regarding sustainable development, and identified a list of prioritized areas for research and capacity development particularly relevant for the sub-region.
|November 2010. 2nd SA-SRC Meeting, Pune, India
The sub-regional approach was reviewed and reinforced at the second meeting. Members suggested that APN look closer at how project activities could relate to and influence policy development.
|July 2009. 1st SA-SRC Meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Members contributed to strategic evaluation and planning, and explored ways to integrate actions and responses into a regional effort.
Temperate East Asia
Temperate East Asia Sub-Regional Committee
Countries: China, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation
|February 2013. 1st TEA-SRC Meeting, Vladivostok, Russia||Members identified areas of common interest, including air pollution and biodiversity, particularly marine protected areas. As result of the meeting, Japan and ROK will lead an AOF project in 2013 on Ecosystem Services & Biodiversity for IPBES that involves TEA members.|
|March 2012. 17th IGM/SPG, Jakarta, Indonesia||Temperate East Asia (TEA) country members stressed the need to undertake a scoping workshop for TEA to discuss the need to form a committee as well as discuss common activities and expand the involvement of scientists from the sub-region in APN activities.|